After reported 8 blasts and one defused bomb at the airport, there were a lot of speculations as to the group of people involved. The Sri Lankan Government names National Thowheed Jama’ath, an islamist group behind the blasts in churches and hotels on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. The Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe stated that not enough attention had been paid to the warnings by intelligence.
Various suspects were caught by the police when three police personnel were killed as explosives were set off by a suicide bomber in the meanwhile. The police did not disclose the names of the people neither their group but it was confirmed that they belonged to the same radical group. Police have so far arrested 24 people.
National Thowheed Jama’ath is a recently formed Sri Lankan organization and is a strong follower and proponent of Global Jihadist Group. The secretary of the group, Abdul Razik was arrested on charges of inciting racism. The Sri Lankan government has requested international help to determine any international and foregn links in the attacks. Further, the president has set up a High Level Committee of 3 members and is directed to submit a report regarding the attacks within 2 weeks.
The Intelligence had notified the authorities before about the attacks at the churches and hotels. Intelligence also gave out names of people involved which matches with the people arrested. Some of the names on the list are also dead in the explosion. Harin Fernando, a cabinet minister in the government, shared a police memo on twitter dated 11 April which warned about National Thowheed Jama’ath and the intentions of bombing catholic churches and Indian High Commission but no action was taken.
The Death toll has risen to 290 and about 500 people were reported injured.
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